Teaching English in Libya

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Teaching English in Libya

Due to the economy and industry, there is a demand for English in the country.

Bordering the Mediterranean, Libya enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate along the coast while most of the rest of the country is covered by the extremely hot and dry Libyan Desert. Libya is popular with tourists for its beautiful beaches but you will find the strict cultural climate may be a deterrent for anyone wanting to stay longer than a holiday. Libya is a strict Muslim country and so has some strict laws: nightlife is limited, alcohol is banned and attitudes towards women are conservative.  In short, Libya is not for those wanting a modern lifestyle but rather for those wanting to be a part of rebuilding a historical nation and participating in a more traditional lifestyle.

Historically, Libya is a very interesting country. It gained independence in 1951 after centuries under foreign rule. Oil was discovered soon after and Libya soon became a very wealthy nation as a result. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi seized power in 1969 but was overthrown in 2011. This plunged the country into chaos but in 2016 a new UN-backed government was installed in Tripoli and a relative state of stability has been restored.

Teaching Opportunities

Arabic is the official language of Libya, though a number of Berber languages are also spoken and Italian and English are widely understood. There are definitely opportunities for EFL teachers here – in language centres, international schools, universities or teaching oil company employees. Teaching positions can be well-paid and Libya can be a good option if you would like to save money. The majority of jobs can be found in the capital, Tripoli. 

Teaching Requirements

Degree Requirement Typical Contract Length Peak Hiring Seasons Visa Info Typical Students Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
Degree Requirement: BA/BS degree requiredTypical Contract Length: 12 months Peak Hiring Seasons: year round Visa Info: work permit Typical Students: all ages Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency: 1 500 – 2 000 LYD (850 – 1 150 GBP) Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency: 1 700 – 5 200 LYD (1 000 – 3 000 GBP)
Degree Requirement: BA/BS degree required
Typical Contract Length: 12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons: year round
Visa Info: work permit
Typical Students: all ages
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency: 1 500 – 2 000 LYD (850 – 1 150 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency: 1 700 – 5 200 LYD (1 000 – 3 000 GBP)

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